The number of transactions today are as high as January 2018, but the fees never been any lower.
If that isn't progress, what is?
Just to be clear, I think it's great to call out the scammers and educate the deluded. I just think that taking a binary stance of either it will work the way the scammers say it will or it's a useless pile of garbage is not a reasonable position. I think there are lots of serious problems with BTC, but as a proof of concept decentralised payment processing system it's actually pretty interesting. I wish the scammers would go away and let people work on it earnestly, though. In that way, I really thought that having the BCH guys go their separate ways was a true blessing.
As you say, it's probably a straw man to say that LN should accommodate everyone now. That said, bitcoin operates on a principal of anti-efficiency; the more we ask of it the worse it does. We can't apply the same standard that "of course it will get faster/better/stronger/more efficient" over time because it's designed to go the opposite way. We need active plans to scale, to move forward, to grow it. That's why I ask more of them -- not because they should know but they should have some conceptually cohesive idea to justify their $100B market cap -- exceeding Visas's at peak -- a decade into this experiment.
It's fair that my position could be more nuanced. I've yet to find a way to untangle decentralized (in as much as BTC hashpower is over 50% in Beijing's purview) from lawless.
In some ways that's the root of the issue. Aren't they synonymous? Without authority, whose to judge? Who's to say a transaction was legitimate? So what if it wasn't, it can't be reversed anyways. The scammers are, in my opinion, part and parcel. You can't have decentralized, trustless and permissionless without letting people do as they will with it. By definition, nobody in cryptocurrency is a scammer, the code is the law and they've found some loopholes. Or are they as intended? Who's to say?
51% attacks are part and parcel too. The longest chain wins. You've got more hash power, you've got the longest chain, you are truth. Beijing writes a strongly worded memo to the miners in China, and that happens immediately.
Without appealing to authority and the status quo there's a reason humans tend to organize hierarchically. Hierarchy is an abstraction and an optimization. Humans are messy, we make messy code, messy systems and as such we have to appeal to each other to undo them, and with this system, we can't.
I do wish you and the others forging ahead luck, of course.
I would like a decentralised payment system to emerge. I don't think it will be BTC in its present form, but I'm happy that they are working on the problem and demonstrating issues. I don't have enough time to argue effectively for why we need such systems (in first world countries, it is much less of an issue), so I'll just leave it at that :-)